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Handy hints for your veggie garden 
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Post Re: Handy hints for your veggie garden
If you have trouble with your curcurbits (squash, pumpkin, zucchini, cucumber) not setting fruit properly you might need to hand pollinate them by brushing the male flowers onto the female ones. The male ones are on long spikes and the female ones are the ones that grow out of the fruit. I've found that the best time to do this is first thing in the morning, the flowers seem to be open at that time and close up as the day goes on.

This also ensure that they are not cross pollinated and then your seeds will be good for saving.


Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:13 pm
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Post Re: Handy hints for your veggie garden
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Has anyone got any ideas for cheap/free netting for individual fruit trees?
Is there some place in or near Capital Country that uses alot of shadecloth or the like and bins it regularly?
Anyone have old fishing nets?

bunnings sells cheap bird netting (its the same stuff we use on the farm, just comes in smaller packets)
its usualy near the shade cloth, but its cheaper to buy the stuff in bags rather then by the m.


Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:40 am
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Post Re: Handy hints for your veggie garden
I always thought that is was peculiar that the pre packaged netting was cheaper than off the roll :roll:

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Post Re: Handy hints for your veggie garden
Keep an eye out at your local op shop for second hand mosquito netting. The larger ones that go over beds and cots are useful on smaller fruit trees. (They are also very pretty our apricot tree has turquoise netting, the cherry has purple. The alomond has a delicate white netting with a touch of satin ;)

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:lol:

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Post Re: Handy hints for your veggie garden
Pete_Lisa wrote:
I did read of one gardener who had an old bath uphill of his vegetable garden, with the drain dispersed through his patch. He'd fill it with water and his ducks would happily climb in, swim and foul the water as they do. Whe it was sufficiently rank, he'd pull the plug and the well manured water would flow through his veg. Refill and repeat

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I have some very expensive, high tech equipment that is helping me get a jump on spring growth for my seedling:)

Milk bottle seed houses
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Foam Box Cold Frame
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Foam Box seedlings
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Toilet roll jiffy pots (with re-hydrated compressed coir block seedling mix from Bunnings)
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love the ideas dextermooz, where they all successful?

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A tip I recently heard is to plant broad beans where you are planting tree seedlings. The beans will provide sun protection, add nitrogen to the soil and can be used to mulch the tree when they are done. The bonus is the feed you get from them as well!

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